Oak Forest

Suspect Dead, Police Officer Hospitalized After Oak Forest Grocery Store Shooting

The incident is being investigated by the Illinois State Police's Public Integrity Task Force.

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A 21-year-old woman was fatally shot and a south suburban police officer was injured Sunday afternoon after a routine call turned into a shooting at an Oak Forest grocery store, according to authorities.

At approximately 11:54 a.m., officers with the Oak Forest Police Department were called to the 6000 block of 159th Street for a possible motorist needing assistance, according to authorities. Police made contact with the driver and attempted to transport her to the hospital for a mental evaluation, but she fled the scene.

At some point during the encounter, the woman produced a handgun, according to the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force, which is investigating the shooting. The officers continued to negotiate with the individual, but she entered the Food 4 Less grocery store and "exchanged gunfire" with Oak Forest police officers.

The woman, Ketura Wilson, 21, of Calumet City, was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. An Oak Forest police officer sustained a non-life threatening injury and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, police said.

At around noon, the city of Oak Forest alerted residents, tweeting about an active shooter near 159th Street and Central Avenue and advised people to avoid the area.

Approximately 40 minutes after the initial tweet, city officials said the suspect was in custody and said there was no longer a threat to the public. 

NBC 5 hasn't independently verified the account of events provided by law enforcement.

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